Mr. Little At the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival

Who doesn’t love a good science fair project? I must say the erupting volcano I created for my seventh grade science class was something to see.

I’m not sure my teacher felt exactly the same way after its eruption left orange food dye all over the walls but boy was it a sight to behold!

Western Exterminator Company has a lot of scientists on staff whose specialty is the science of eliminating and safeguarding your home or business from unwanted and potentially destructive pests.

Our highly-trained service technicians, entomologists, and sanitarians take great pride in applying scientifically proven products using field-tested methods to protect property and public health. At Western, we respect the science behind pest management and work hard every day to further its cause.

That is why I am excited Western Exterminator is a sponsor of the 2013 Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival that runs April 28 through May 4 at various venues in and around the city.

Billed as a seven-day celebration of everything and anything science, technology, engineering and math related in Southern Nevada, the festival will feature more than 50 free programs for curious would-be scientists of all ages.

Among the program’s diverse highlights are behind the scenes tours of:

  • The UMC Trauma Center
  • The inner workings of the Bellagio Resort’s famed water fountains
  • Specialized laboratories at the University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
  • National Atomic Testing Museum where you can explore the amazing atom

The festival also includes the opportunity to meet with researchers from the Las Vegas Natural History Museum to see what fascinating research projects they are working on behind closed doors, and participate in the Science Crawl through the streets of downtown Las Vegas.

In addition to Western Exterminator Company’s Las Vegas Bug Expert, Grady Jones, A.C.E., who will be introducing guests to his Bug Zoo, I can’t wait to attend the Fact or Fiction program with world-renowned forensic entomologist Dr. Lee Goff.

What is a forensic entomologist you ask?  Well, if you’re really into bugs like I am, you will find this absolutely mesmerizing!  Forensic Entomology is the use of insects, and their arthropod relatives that inhabit decomposing remains, to aid legal investigations.  That’s right, from knowing the biology of insects and then studying insects at a crime scene, many factors can be determined such as a decedent’s time of death in homicides.

Dr. Goff has served as technical advisor to the popular crime drama series CSI and CSI: Miami and is the curator of a traveling museum exhibition called aptly enough CSI: Crime Scene Insects.  His Crime Scene Insects exhibit appeared at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum back in 2008, and was also sponsored by Western Exterminator and yours truly.

If you enjoy a good insect story like I do or just find insects fascinating to watch (unless of course it is a cockroach making a run for it across your kitchen floor!) then you will want to attend this session.

Dr. Goff is a professor at Chaminade University in Honolulu and has more than 25 years working with numerous government agencies, including the FBI, consulting on forensic entomology matters. He is one of only 15 forensic entomologists certified by the Board of Forensic Entomology.  I’m sure his presentation will be fascinating and not to be missed!

For complete program information and a schedule of event times and locations, visit

If you are experiencing a pest issue in your home or office in Las Vegas or anywhere in Nevada, Arizona or California, send me an e-mail at [email protected] and I’ll get our team of pest management scientists on it right away; and if you just have a question about the insect world, write to me and I’ll get back with an answer right away.  Or, contact our Las Vegas Bug Expert, Grady Jones, at [email protected].

Until next time, thanks for making Western Exterminator “The Final Word in Pest Control®”

Have a pest free day!







Mr. Little

He’s represented Western for nearly a century. But he’s no old fogey. Follow Mr. Little’s blog for pest tips and facts!

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